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Forest biophysical parameter estimation using space-borne bistatic PolInSAR measurements
Author(s): Unmesh Khati; Gulab Singh; Shradha Mohanty
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Paper Abstract

Forest height is an important indicator of the health of the forest ecosystem and can be utilized for accurate estimation of important parameters such as forest above-ground biomass. PolInSAR techniques have been utilized for forest height estimation using airborne and space-borne platforms. However, temporal decorrelation severely limits the ability of space-borne PolInSAR observations for meaningful height inversion. With the launch of the TerraSAR-X/TanDEM-X platforms, acquisition of Polarimetric SAR data in bistatic mode, without the undesired effects of temporal decorrelation, is possible. Full-PolInSAR bistatic data is acquired over Indian tropical forests and the height inversion results are presented in this research article. The inverted height shows a good correlation with field measured height, with r = 0.8. The inversion shows over-estimation over low height forests, while providing an accurate estimation for tall forested areas.

Paper Details

Date Published: 11 May 2016
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 9877, Land Surface and Cryosphere Remote Sensing III, 98771B (11 May 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2222741
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Unmesh Khati, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (India)
Gulab Singh, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (India)
Shradha Mohanty, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (India)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9877:
Land Surface and Cryosphere Remote Sensing III
Reza Khanbilvardi; Ashwagosh Ganju; A. S. Rajawat; Jing M. Chen, Editor(s)

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